The King Street pilot project has had a polarizing effect on Toronto. While the city reports TTC ridership is up along the route, some business owners along King Street have complained that their restaurants are suffering from the decrease in cars on the strip.
The city is hoping to attract more people to King Street, rather than just travel along it. Toronto has waived the application fee for businesses along the route from Bathurst Street to Jarvis to open curbside patios.
“In effect, we’re trying to turn King St. into the front porch for the city,” said Trinity-Spadina councillor Joe Cressy.
— Joe Cressy (@joe_cressy) June 20, 2018
So far Toronto has approved nine patios with table service along the route. A 10th patio is currently pending.